Best Restaurants in Williamsburg

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From hip Mediterranean digs to historic steakhouses, these Williamsburg restaurants earned the top ratings in the neighborhood.

Peter Luger Steak House
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.2

“Still the one and only” , this circa-1887 Williamsburg “monument to meat” sets the bar with its “buttery” house-aged beef ( “they define porterhouse” ) served by “cantankerous” career waiters in a “busy” “old-time” German beer hall setting; the “rough-and-tumble” style “only adds to the charm” , but prices are “stiff” and they don’t take plastic, so come with “a lot of cash.”
New American · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

The flavors are “on point” at this Williamsburg “standout” from former Dressler chef Polo Dobkin whose “ever-changing” New American menu highlights his “ingenuity” ; the “bright, airy” space has a “hip” , “laid-back” vibe, and the “attentive” staff is another big plus.
Antica Pesa
Italian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

It might be “fancy for the ’burg” , but this “suave” Williamsburg sibling to a Rome original has built a following for its “delicious” Italian classics (including “exquisite” housemade pastas) and “serious” wine list, presented by a “charming” staff; there’s also a “lively” fireplace-furnished lounge within its “sleek” , “lovely” dome-lit space.
Italian · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen” , “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.”
American · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

Given its name (which roughly translates as ‘non-kosher’), look for “lots of pork and shellfish” on the “innovative” Eclectic menu of this “intimate” Williamsburg “winner” , featuring a small plates–centric format geared toward “sharing” ; regulars say “splurging on the tasting menu” is the way to go.
Japanese · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

“Zen is the appropriate word” for this “special” Williamsburg Japanese featuring “peaceful” private cubicles where “mindful” staffers can be summoned with the “press of a button” ; adding to the “romantic” mood is an “excellent” , izakaya-style small-plates menu paired with “top-notch” sakes.
Maison Premiere
Oyster Bar · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

It “really feels like the Big Easy” at this “gorgeous” Williamsburg hang offering “beautiful, plump” oysters and “serious” cocktails (including “creative” absinthe options) alongside other “delicious” seafood-focused dishes in “old New Orleans” digs; snagging a seat is “tough” , but a seasonal garden helps.